Ben Heppner embodies one of the most iconic roles in 20th-century opera.
Excerpt from Peter Grimes, Decca 478 2669.Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis, conductor. Jon Vickers, Heather Harper, Jonathan Summers, Elizabeth Bainbridge.
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After the moral catastrophe of World War II,
Benjamin Britten held up a mirror to English life
as no other composer has, before or since. Britten
earned his reputation – and wrote arguably
the best opera of the 20th century – with this
gripping psychological study of a village by
the sea. His evocative music personifies the
unrelenting power and loneliness of the ocean,
and reveals the life of an alienated fisherman
with spellbinding drama.
On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately three hours and 15 minutes including two intermissions.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.
Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Neil Armfield
Set Designer: Ralph Myers
Costume Designer: Tess Schofield
Peter Grimes: Ben Heppner
Ellen Orford: Ileana Montalbetti
Balstrode: Alan Held
Auntie: Jill Grove
Production from Opera Australia and Houston Grand Opera
Top: (l – r) Taryn Fiebig and Lorina Gore as Auntie’s Nieces and Stuart Skelton as Peter Grimes in the Opera Australia (OA)/Houston Grand Opera co-production of Peter Grimes, 2009, OA. Photo: Branco Gaica
Thumbnail: Stuart Skelton as Peter Grimes in the Opera Australia (OA)/Houston Grand Opera co-production of Peter Grimes, 2009, OA. Photo: Branco Gaica